international dining etiquette
Scotland and Wales
Dining etiquette for utensils. The Scots eat using the continental-style of dining, with the fork kept in the left hand, tines down, and the knife in the right hand at all times.
Dining etiquette for your hands. Keep your hands above the table.
Dining etiquette for seating. The host and hostess will be seated at opposite ends of the table, facing one another. The male guest of honor will be seated to the right of the hostess and the female guest of honor will be placed to the right of the host.
Dining etiquette for tipping. Restaurant bills usually include gratuities of 10 to 15 percent.
The traditional Scottish toast-and the most common one you will hear in Scotland-is "Shlante," which means "To your health." As in other countries, it is appropriate for the host to propose a toast at the beginning of the meal.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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